Twelve-year-old boy petitions Supreme Court to strike down Prop 8


Twelve-year-old California native Daniel Martinez-Leffew, adopted by a gay couple, wrote a letter to the Supreme Court asking them to strike down Proposition 8. 

In support of his dads, he wrote the letter to Justice John Roberts stating that the ban on  same-sex marriage should be considered unconstitutional. Daniel and his dad then created a video in which he reads his letter out loud. 

“I know you have a tough decision to make with the gay marriage issue, but my family is just as valuable and worthwhile as any other,” said Leffew in his letter. 

“It’s especially tough for you, because I know you don’t necessarily believe in gay marriage religiously, but lucky for us, you also don’t believe in taking away a right, even from people like us.”

Leffew states that he was “unadoptable” in foster care because of his Goldenhar Syndrome, a rare congenital defect that affects the entire left side of his body. 

His younger brother Emilio was adopted by foster parents unwilling to take the two jointly, but his dads took both Leffew and his younger sister at the age of five and one. 

“I recently found out that you, yourself adopted two kids, a boy and a girl, kind of like me and my sister,” Leffew wrote. “Family means a lot of different things to different people. But some people believe you have to have the same blood to be a family. You and I both know that family goes deeper than blood. I was lucky to be adopted by two guys I can both call dad. They give me and my sister so much love.”

The Supreme Court will hear the case against Proposition 8 on March 26 and hear evidence against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) the following day. 

“If Prop 8 is allowed to stand, imagine the pain we would feel knowing that we are not considered equal to everyone else,” Leffew wrote. “It’s important that all families are protected and valued.”

California has fallen behind the progressive trend supporting same-sex marriage, as other states have passed equality laws, and President Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality. 

Internationally, the British Parliament and the French National Assembly have passed laws on marriage equality. 

And according to a study by pro-marriage equality group Freedom to Marry, 97 percent of legislators who support marriage equality succeed in winning their re-election campaigns. “¨”¨“Our survey results means it actually helps the re-election process,” Freedom to Marry’s Founder and President Evan Wolfson told 429Magazine. “It’s a winner and the center of gravity for marriage equality is shifting. It’s in our favor and it’s the right thing politically.”

The media has also shifted as LGBT-related commercials are gaining national exposure. 

“A lot has changed in the past two years. There’s no more boycotts or negative press,” GLAAD’s VP of Communications Rich Ferraro told 429Magazine. “Americans expect to see gay and lesbian couples and families in the media today. The advertising industry may not be exposed to LGBT issues as much, like television, but they are catching up.” 

Watch the video here. 

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